When Life Becomes Creative

The following is an adaptation of an early talk by Adi Da Samraj, published in, ‘The Way That I Teach’ (1978) entitled, ‘The Western Ambivalence of Western Man’


Once you truly hear the Teaching, spiritual life becomes an essential responsibility, simple in principle. When you enjoy a positive orientation to the Teaching and to the Spiritual Master who communicates and demonstrates it—in other words, when you enjoy True Freedom, then although the subjective artifacts of your past and your old disposition may appear, you have a sense of humor relative to them. Then not every day is a crisis. Subjective feelings come and go, and external circumstances tend to bother you somewhat, but there is no great moment. Literally nothing is threatened, once you are living in this Communion. Existence then becomes the creative process wherein you are living responsibly, purifying, changing, making things sacred, living the sacrifice that is real life. Then existence is not problematic. It is creative. It is a process of the confrontation of conditions, but it is humorous, already enlightened. Nothing ultimate is at stake. It is just the game of the universe.

And there is nowhere to look for God.

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More on the ‘Creative Process’ from Adi Da:

“The whole process of the Way of The Heart involves inspection and responsibility relative to the primal incident of each moment. It involves inspection and responsibility for subjective contraction, as ego, mind, and limiting or separative identification with the apparent body in any realm.

The sense of relationship, of me and you, us and them, is the outcome of the primal incident. Fear or contraction is the native and simultaneous reaction to this incident and Understanding involves the ultimate responsibility for this reaction.

Responsibility occurs through a natural pattern or process of transformation toward maturity, for the reaction of fear. In this Understanding and responsibility, the reaction of independence, subjectivity, contraction, illusion, dilemma, and fear has ceased to be necessary – so that the pattern of arising conditions is no longer the basis for fear and contraction around the illusion of self. Life is then transformed into a creative process.

In this process, the tendency of attention to be associated with conditions is dissolved. At first association with the grosser conditions continues. Then as the tendency of those associations is gradually released, a subtler disposition appears in this life. By our continuing in this disposition of recognition, the tendency of attention to associate and identify with conditional existence in any plane whatsoever is dissolved in its prior condition, which is essentially and always before the Primal Incident or Big Bang.” – Read more: ‘The Primal Incident’


“The man of understanding, the Guru in the world, profoundly would have the world understand. The nature of his presence in this intention, this requirement, this wish, this hope for the world. But even this hope that the man of understanding lives is paradoxical because it is absolutely impossible for the world to understand. The world will never be anything but Narcissus. This is the principle of the world. Some may turn about of course. But the principle of the world is very likely to remain the same because the turn-about, the becoming of Truth in this world requires the creative dissolution of Narcissus, not the magical disappearance of Narcissus. So spiritual life in the presence of the man of understanding in the world is always a creative process. It’s always relative to the essential, fundamental limitation of the world.” – The Life of Understanding, Week 12

“When we intuitively fall into that prior kind of consciousness, then we are seated in that…in another dimension entirely, and from that point of view the whole play of our humanity, our mentality, our vitality, the whole affair, is controllable, knowable, becomes usable, changeable. From that point of view we can make the whole affair of life, mental and vital, a sacrificial and creative process that doesn’t bind.”Self-Observation vs Self-Watching